Please advise. Install over current but other versionn

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  1. MTHall51

    MTHall51 New Member

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    I could really use some good advice. Currently running Vista Ultimate, but no clue where my activation key is. Long story, but my system is cluttered with a lot of partially uninstalled apps. Now, I am seriously thinking of bidding on eBay for Win Vista Business. Questions:
    1] If I don't have a bootable DVD, and simply installed Business right over the top of Vista Ultimate would that possibly cause a problem?
    2] It has been so long since I tried to do a reformat or make a bootable DVD that I have forgotten how to do it. Anyone know of a good, detailed, tutorial on this?

    Thanks very much.:confused:
     
  2. Celestra

    Celestra Former Moderator

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    MT Hall 51--The product key is on a "Sticker" on your computer or located with the "Windows Product Manual". It is also encrypted in the "Registry"- Not readable and almost impossible to find. If you can't find it on a sticker or in the product manual I would recommend that you go with one of the top 6 free product key finder programs. Product Keys - Product Activation - Key Finder - Find Product Key
     
  3. kemical

    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    As well as Celestras excellent advise I just wanted to add that.... yes you could install business over the top of Ultimate (whilst doing a reformat in the process) but ultimate is the superior edition. Try and keep it if you can..
    As for guides.. Try this http://www.tweakguides.com/TGTC.html
     
  4. MTHall51

    MTHall51 New Member

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    Thanks very much everyone. You really saved the day. The key finder app worked beautifully and am very happy to say the reformat and re-install went great.
     

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